WINTER

IT'S OUT THE DOOR


We strategically placed Sol Mountain’s backcountry lodge right between treeline and alpine elevations so you can access prime BC backcountry skiing, no matter what the weather is doing.

Skiing options are all up to you: Come and explore our wide open tenure, find new lines and fresh descents, or spin mellow laps close to the lodge.  Endless terrain, right out the door.

Choose from trip lengths of four to eight nights.

Contact Sabine by email or phone 250-674-3707 to book your trip to the lodge.

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Skin up, ski down. Repeat.

Backcountry skiing is about way more than just the downhill run: Time on the uptrack is time well spent, of course: Clearing the lungs with fresh mountain air and recharging the mind. 



What goes up must come down

The backcountry ritual goes like this: Crest a ridge or summit a peak after a hearty climb. Stomp out a transition zone, turn your back to the wind, layer on the jacket, pull off your skins and stash them, eat a snack, drink some water, soak in the view, and scope your line. Buckle your boots, click in, and let ‘er rip. 


GUIDED LOCAL KNOWLEDGE


 

In the backcountry, local knowledge means both safety and the best skiing. Our ACMG-certified guides know the terrain better than anyone and where to find the best snow. Sol Mountain's guiding team meets each morning to examine the weather and snowpack conditions, discuss possible hazards, and plan safe ski options for the day.  When conditions permit we are always keen to get after our more exciting lines.  Each day our guests choose whether they want a full day of adventure or an option to take a relaxed tour and head home early.

We provide the option to ski in small groups, aiming for 1 guide per 6 guests.

OPTIONS FOR ALL CONDITIONS

Sol Mountain terrain offers plentiful options for all weather and snow conditions. Stormy and deep snow days in the endless and open south-facing 35-degree glades of Crystal Vision. It can mean a short trip to the north-facing glades just across Bill Fraser Creek. Stick close to home by skiing on the slopes below the lodge in the gentle glades of Back to Basics. We have a wide supply of low hazard terrain for skiing when avalanche danger is high. When conditions permit our guides are always keen to venture into steep exciting lines.  Nonskiers can also head out on groomed tracks through our local meadows on cross-country skis or snowshoes.




YOUR SAFETY

Sol Mountain's ACMG certified backcountry skiing guides put safety as priority for your holiday.

Prior to the first day in the mountains, all guests are instructed in techniques for traveling in our terrain. Current techniques for effective avalanche rescue are demonstrated and practiced.  All guests are provided with personal radios for the trip.

Sol Mountain's ski guides are trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), one of the most respected institutions of its kind. Guides have extensive ski touring experience, exposure to a variety of operations, experience in a variety of snowpacks, and meet current professional standards. Certifications are also held in first aid and as avalanche technicians through the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Ski touring in the backcountry mountain environment exposes skiers to inherent risks. All guests must read and sign a Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims Agreement before the start of a holiday at Sol Mountain Lodge. This is common practice for all backcountry ski operations in British Columbia. Be sure to review the waiver below prior to your holiday. Contact us if you have any questions.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY

Sol Mountain is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable mountain experience. Ski touring in the backcountry mountain environment exposes skiers to inherent risks. All guests must read and sign a Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims Agreement before the start of a holiday at Sol Mountain. This is common practice for all backcountry ski operations in British Columbia. Be sure to review the waiver prior to your holiday. Contact us if you have any questions.

Guided - Waiver of Liability

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XCOUNTRY SKIING AND SHOWSHOEING

Sol Mountain’s terrain offers great areas to cross country ski. Step out the door and ski off into rolling alpine meadows. With XC touring gear you can climb above the lodge to Mission Ridge for dramatic views of glaciers and rugged peaks to the north. Trips can also be made to passes and surrounding lakes. We provide trackset trails when snow conditions permit (sometimes it is simply too deep!) Cross country skiing is best on the settled snowpack of late winter and spring. 

Splitboarding in the Monashees

Sol Mountain’s deep snow and featured Monashee terrain is a playground for splitboarders. Pillows and drops, steep gullies, spaced old growth forests, peaks and open bowls add up to one great big backcountry snowboard park.

Splitboarders are best to book as a group of four or more so we can dedicate a guide for the group. This ensures your days at Sol Mountain are tailored to riding prime snowboard terrain.

 

MAKE GOOD DECISIONS

Our courses aim to get you out front making decisions. Taking a course is a great starting point to gain necessary snow and backcountry experience. Here you can gain the foundation of knowledge and expertise to make your own decisions in the mountains.

INTRO DAY TO BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

If you have not tried backcountry skiing yet, we offer an introduction to backcountry skiing or snowboarding clinic at Silver Star Resort.  Courses provide instruction and insight about gear, clothing and packing, and tips and techniques for efficient uphill ski touring.  This course gets the basics behind you so you can make the most of your first trip to Sol Mountain. Please book directly with Denys Lawrence  (silverdale@shaw.ca) or 250.545.1375). The cost is $65 per person. 

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING AST

AST Level 1 or Level 2 courses are normally scheduled during December and January to get you set for the season in the backcountry. Or we can provide a course at any other time during the regular season for groups of 4 or more. 

Classroom material is covered in the evenings, which allows us to devote full days to skiing, discussion of terrain and route finding, and decision making in avalanche terrain. Instructional materials and student handbooks are provided by the CAC and certificates are issued at course end. 

Cost includes ACMG guiding and instruction, lodging, all course materials, and helicopter transfer to and from Sol Mountain. Click here for more information about Avalanche Skills Training Courses. 

COMPREHENSIVE BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

We also offer comprehensive backcountry skiing courses, available on any trip to groups of four or more people. Course content covers trip planning, terrain selection, navigation and route finding, and includes the Level 1 or Level 2 Avalanche Skills Training course syllabus developed by the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Instructional materials and student handbooks are provided by the CAC and certificates are issued at course end. Classroom sessions are covered in the evenings and emphasis is on terrain skills and full days of skiing. Click here for more information about Avalanche Skills Training Courses. 

TEEN AST COURSE

Our teen AST courses get teens out together to develop a safe respect for the backcountry environment.  Building on the CAC AST curriculum we provide the opportunity for students to apply skills to the types of terrain that interests them.  Focus is on understanding consequence of avalanche terrain and how to minimize risk.  See our Winter Availability for scheduled Teen AST courses.  We can also provide a course on any trip for a group of 4 or more.  Teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

ROAM FREE IN 30 000 ACRES

Sol Mountain is defined by the variety and feature-filled terrain, from widely-spaced old growth tree runs to epic wide-open alpine descents. The Monashee forests offer open glades for mellow cruising, and complex pillow lines for those who want steep with deep. Link a hundred turns in the alpine elevations or shoot down tight, treeline chutes. Exploration and adventure are part of the program at Sol Mountain and we are still discovering new lines each season.

Naturally Spaced Trees

The Monashees have long been famous for tree skiing. Sol Mountain is one of the reasons why. Naturally spaced, tall old growth spruce forests extend to valley bottom.  Definitely the place to be on stormy days – and to find powder stashes long protected from sun and wind.

Wide Open Treeline Glades

Sol Mountain terrain is buttressed by long ridges that are skiable from top to bottom.  Skin along ridge tops and you will soon discover your line.  Roll into a wide-open glade, or cut a few huge turns on a sparsely-treed roll.  Maneuver through tight, crooked chutes, and stomp pillow lines.  These ridges extend east-west for kilometers from the lodge. 

Alpine Peaks, Ridges, and Bowls

When the Monashee storms subside, it’s always fun to get up in the alpine.  We have six unique peaks to summit right from the lodge, some with open bowls others with challenging couloirs. Each is skiable right from the top and we can link a few together for an epic tour. 

Steep Pillows and Chutes

The featured Monashee terrain provides plenty of opportunites for adventure skiing. Powder choked chutes and pillow lines galore if that is your game. Let our guides show you their favourite zones.

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